Below is the controversial anti-Obama commercial that CNN and FOX will not broadcast. It is produced by a group called American Issues Project. The Obama campaign, in fact, has made an effort to make sure that it is not broadcast anywhere. In the ad, Senator Obama is linked to a friend of his, Bill Ayers, a member of the radical Weather Underground, a group that engaged in terrorist activities in the 1970s including the setting of bombs at the Pentagon and the U. S. Capital. Ayers has shown no remorse. In a September 11, 2001 New York Times article, Ayers says, "''I don't regret setting bombs... I feel we didn't do enough.''
I'm not sure what to think of all this. Having been a victim of guilt by association rhetoric myself, I have a visceral dislike for these sorts of attacks, even if they happen to target people with whom I disagree politically. On the other hand, what would we think if the shoe were on the other foot? For example, imagine if Senator McCain had worked closely and is friends with a leader of the Klu Klux Klan who had burned crosses on the lawns of African-American citizens but has not done so for over three decades. Suppose also that Senator McCain said that the Klan leader is "respectable," even if the Klan leader is belligerently unrepentant, opining on occasion that he wished that he had burned more crosses!
What do you think?